Mitzvah day

The biggest mitzvah

January 5, 2012

A northern interfaith initiative has won the JC's Mitzvah Day competition.

Entrants were asked to explain why their particular project had made a significant impact.


Mitzvah Day's magic mix

By Jessica Elgot, December 8, 2011

Rabbis, archbishops and assorted clergy decorated cakes, made mince pies and organised the winter stores for homeless charity Providence Row, as a follow-up to last month's Mitzvah Day.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, as well as the heads of the Reform, Liberal, Spanish and Portuguese and Masorti Jewish movements, volunteered at the Tower Hamlets charity following a meeting of the Coun


PM's prize mitzvah

December 1, 2011

Mitzvah Day is to receive David Cameron's Big Society Award, joining a select band of two dozen community groups.

Mr Cameron praised the day as "a fantastic initiative to inspire people to come together and do something positive for their community.


Northern exposure

November 28, 2011

Thirty residents and staff of the special needs Langdon Community residential facility cleared the cemetery of St Margaret's Church in north Manchester and helped to paint the church outhouse.

Twenty Heaton Park synagogue members joined Langdon college students to wash cars in exchange for kosher food which was sent to needy families.


JCC looks to the stars as its day of events benefits from the X Factor

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

TV personalities and a Euro MP supported the JCC London's Mitzvah Day events.

Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins and Camden Mayor, Councillor Abdul Quadir, dropped into the World Peace Garden by Hampstead Heath station to help JCC volunteers put up decking, clear leaves and weeds and plant bulbs.

Clara Shapero, 11, said: "When I look at this beautiful peace garden, I will see what


Cleaning up their act in Scotland

By Stephanie Brickman, November 24, 2011

Continuing a Mitzvah Day tradition, Glasgow youngsters removed litter and weeds and washed headstones at the Glenduffhill and Sandymount Jewish cemeteries.

The group at Glenduffhill had an extra mitzvah opportunity when asked to join a funeral party that was short of a minyan.


Memorable contribution leads the Brighton effort

November 24, 2011

Sussex Jewish Community Care took a trip down memory lane for Mitzvah Day.

Volunteers helped fill 150 "memory bags" with old-fashioned sweets, cards prepared by cheder pupils, vintage photographs and a notebook for recording special memories.


Profiting from generation game as young help the old

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Mitzvah Day brought generations together, with many young participants engaged in activities assisting elderly community members and Holocaust survivors.

Teenagers at the London Jewish Cultural Centre baked scones and miniature Victoria sponges and prepared finger sandwiches with chef Lisa Roukin for a tea party for survivors.

LJCC youth co-ordinator Laurence Field said: "We do so much work


London synagogue initiatives attract the votes of politicians

November 24, 2011

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone joined Muswell Hill teenagers clearing litter from Cherry Tree Wood as part of a Mitzvah Day venture. The Hornsey and Wood Green MP said she "really enjoyed the good clear up, with some spring bulb planting to top it off. I am always excited to join the local synagogue for this wonderful day of community action.


Warsi enjoying being at the Hub of things

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Conservative Party co-chair Baroness Warsi left JHub with her own pot of Mitzvah Day mint.

On Tuesday, the baroness visited one of the Pears Foundation's flagship projects, which gives office space to faith-based enterprise and social action groups.

Mitzvah Day is one of the resident organisations, along with Tzedek and the Jewish Social Action Forum.

She was shown round the West Hampstea